Watchdog Reports NJ Hired Double-Dippers To Investigate Government Waste

STATE – Double-dipping, the practice of hiring retired workers who receive government pensions for a new public job, is at work in the New Jersey State Comptroller’s Office according to New Jersey Watchdog investigative reporter Mark Lagerkvist.

Lagerkvist pointed out two members of the office’s investigative staff that worked for the office while receiving government pensions. Investigator Rick Nuel retired as a State Police captain in 2011 at age 46, earning a $83,254 pension. He was hired a week after leaving that position for a $92,000 job in the State Comptroller’s office, according to Lagerkvist.

Former Investigator David Stebbins retired as a State Police lieutenant in 2011 at the age of 50, earning an $83,083 pension. He was hired by the State Comptroller’s Office 17 days later, but he left earlier this year, Lagerkvist reports.

“Our policy is to do what the law instructs, which is to hire the most qualified candidate available,” a spokesperson from the State Comptroller’s Office told Lagerkvist.

“The Office of the New Jersey State Comptroller is an independent office created to bring greater efficiency and transparency to the operation of all levels of New Jersey’s government,” according to its website. It audits government finances, and examines the efficiency of government programs.

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